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Resilience to offending in high-risk groups

Abstract

The focus of this scoping paper is to identify factors and issues of importance to understanding how some youth in high-risk groups develop and/or maintain resilience to engaging in criminal behaviour. A specific focus is on resiliency to offending for Aboriginal youth, many of whom are at high risk for involvement in crime/deviance. The paper presents findings from a literature review on adolescents at risk of offending/reoffending and resilience to offending, especially for Aboriginal youth, and the findings of a survey of 20 Indigenous tertiary students on how some youth develop and/or maintain resilience to engaging in criminal behaviour. The students' responses are categorised into factors that relate to family, culture, education, justice and social capital. The paper also envisages a larger research project which should be undertaken in order to gain a better understanding of the factors that act to progress or impede resilience to offending among Aboriginal youth.

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